Featured Pain Art: “Tension”

Featured Pain Art: “Tension”

"Tension" acrylics 40 centimeters long x 30 centimeters wide

40 centimeters long x 30 centimeters wide

This image is representative of the battle between what I want to do in my mind, and my body’s painful protest.

It can feel very isolating to be caught in the middle, and unable to give in to either side.

This art is a courtesy of PainExhibit.org, an online educational, visual arts exhibit from artists with chronic pain who use art to express some facet of the pain experience.

The Pain Exhibit’s mission is to educate healthcare providers and the public about chronic pain through art, and to give voice to the many who suffer in silence.

Pain Exhibit recently launched its new Spanish language website at PainExhibit.org/es.

Authored by: Vicky Grant

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Not only is this piece expertly executed, the “twists” existing in the world of chronic pain are numerous and cause a lot of the tension we experience. This painting reminds me of this enigma. There is the initial twist of having your life ripped from you as you traveled what you thought was a simple, straightforward path. Then there’s the one where the people you trust the most to support you in life suddenly don’t believe you anymore and think you’re making this up, including your doctor. Or the one where, just when you thought it couldn’t get worse, more bad things continue to mount up.

For me there’s also a twist in the fact that pain has had many “good” effects on me and the circumstances in my life. Like never taking anything for granted and for being grateful for the little things and for making me the positive, strong person I am today.

Interesting also, when I first saw “Tension” I was reminded of the tension and teeth-grinding feeling of pain. I guess this is what art is supposed to do…make you think. Great work!